Former President John Dramani Mahama has observed that losing the 2020 elections marginally to the incumbent New Patriotic Party (NPP) was actually a blessing in disguise.
In his opinion, if they had won, the NDC would have found it difficult because of a ‘big hole’ dug by the Akufo-Addo-led government which he claimed they (NPP) had fallen into that particular hole.
“[But] God said, ‘NDC, stand aside. Let those who dug their hole fall into the hole. And today, they have fallen deep into the hole.”
Mr Mahama made this known while addressing party delegates at the Amazing Hotel in Zebilla in the Upper East Region as part of his campaign tour.
The former President is on a campaign tour, canvassing for votes ahead of this month’s presidential primaries.
He is seeking to lead the NDC for the fourth time into elections. Mr Mahama insisted on Tuesday, May 2 that 2024 “will be a different election”, pointing out how the branch executives will be leading the charge.
He made this statement days after the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) predicted that the NDC will win the 2024 elections. According to the EIU, the NDC, which will undoubtedly be led by John Dramani Mahama, is the overwhelming favourite to win and win a majority in the legislature.
This was stated in the company’s national report, which was made public on Friday, April 28.
“Our baseline forecast is that economic hardships, the fallout from debt restructuring and poor governance will create an anti-incumbency wave and push the electorate to seek change.
“The NDC, therefore, stands a strong chance of winning the 2024 presidential poll and
securing a legislative majority.”
EIU said the contests for both parties will be highly competitive “with several high-profile figures expected to contend.” The report also said there will rather be an anti-incumbency sentiment and public discontent for the government, virtually handing power over to the largest opposition party.
“We expect a transfer of power to the NDC at the 2024 elections, driven by anti-incumbency sentiment and public discontent with the current government over worsening living standards. However, irrespective of who retains power, we expect the policy to continue to focus on ensuring macroeconomic stability.”